In recognition of his exemplary contributions to the field of psychology,
the American Psychological Foundation awarded Jerome M. Sattler, SDSU
Emeritus Professor, the Gold Medal for Life Achievement in the
Application of Psychology. Dr. Sattler received the award
during a special ceremony at the Annual Meeting of the American
Psychological Association, August 2005, in Washington, D.C.
The citation of the award reads as follows:
“For a lifetime of distinguished contributions to the application of
psychological measurement to the assessment of children, and to the
education of a legion of applied and research psychologists. Jerome M.
Sattler's textbooks on child assessment are internationally recognized as
among psychology's most influential resources, and his research on
assessment has been exemplary. His name alone evokes good testing practice.
He possesses a rare combination of intelligence, clarity of thought,
flexibility, patience, creativity, and excellent writing ability. His
contributions to the fields of clinical and school psychology have been
unparalleled, and his work has indelibly benefited psychological science and
The American Psychological Foundation began giving Gold Medal Awards in
1956. The recipients during the early years of the award included Robert S.
Woodworth, Edwin G. Boring, Gordon W. Allport, B. F. Skinner, and Gardner
Murphy. Jerry has many connections with former Gold Medal recipients. These
include Kenneth B. Clark (1987), who was Jerry's first psychology teacher
at City College of New York in 1948. The second was Gardner Murphy (1972),
who also was at the City College of New York. Dr. Murphy was Jerry's teacher
in a course on theories of personality. The third was Fritz Heider (1987),
who was Jerry's major professor at the University of Kansas. Dr. Heider
supervised Jerry's MA thesis and Ph.D. dissertation. Finally, Jerry has
connections with Robert Rosenthal (2003), who hired Jerry as a professor at
the University of North Dakota.
Dr. Sattler is
nationally known for his Assessment of Children books that have sold
over 300,000 copies. Six editions have been translated into Spanish and a
brief edition of his behavioral text focusing on interviewing and
observations has been published in Chinese. He has also published more than
100 articles and monographs, and has given over 225 speeches, workshops, and
symposia in the fields of clinical and school psychology. In addition,
Sattler co-authored the fourth edition of the Stanford-Binet Intelligence
Scale and served as a Fulbright lecturer in Malaysia from 1972-1973.
Dr. Sattler began his 46th
year at San Diego State University (SDSU) in 2011. Since his retirement in
1994, he established an endowment fund to support the SDSU Library and also
established endowments for several organizations devoted to helping children
with special needs, including children who are homeless, children of
battered mothers, and children with mental and behavioral problems. He
continues to write and give workshops. His latest book was published in
December 2009 and focused on the WAIS–IV. Sattler is grateful to SDSU for
supporting his work, not only during his 29 years of active teaching, but
also during the years since his retirement.